Workshop on Models - Speakers

Gabriele Contessa

Gabriele Contessa

Gabriele obtained a Laurea in Philosophy from Università di Roma 'La Sapienza' in 2000 and an MSc in Philosophy and History of Science from LSE in 2002. Since then, he has been a research student at the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. His research focuses on what scientific models are and how they are used to represent systems in the real world. Since 2003 he has also been a Fellow of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at LSE, where he has collaborated with various research projects. For the current academic year, he has been awarded a Jacobsen Fellowship by the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

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Damien Fennell

Damien Fennell

Damien is a final year Philosophy PhD student at the LSE. Prior to moving to philosophy of science his background was in Mathematics, Physics, Operational Research and Economics. He worked for a year doing Risk modelling in the Asset Management department of an insurance company. His PhD focuses on the methodology of causal inference in economics. Specifically, it attempts to develop more explicitly the structural view of causality in econometrics (developed by Herbert Simon and others) and use this to provide an explicit, causal interpretation of related econometric methods. His other interests include models, idealization and the nature of causation in the special sciences.

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Tarja Knuuttila

Tarja KnuuttilaTarja has taken masters degrees both in economics (Helsinki School of Economics) and in philosophy (University of Helsinki). Currently I am finishing my doctoral thesis for the Department of Theoretical Philosophy in the University of Helsinki. My thesis focuses on scientific representation and modelling. I have worked several years as a researcher in a multidisciplinary research group "Innovations and Organization of Research Work" in the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, University of Helsinki. I am also taking part into a project "Representations as semiotic artefacts" funded by the University of Helsinki, and functioning as a part-time teacher of philosophy and semiotics in the University of Helsinki.

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Erika Mattila

Erika MattilaErika works as a researcher at the Centre for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, University of Helsinki. She is a visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Economic History, LSE for Michaelmas and Lent terms 04/05. Her PhD research focuses on the problematics of interdisciplinary research in modelling infectious diseases. This is approached from three perspectives: firstly, models are studied as carriers of interdisciplinary expertise in a long-term collaboration. Secondly, by reconstructing a life span of an integrated model, the main interest is in understanding how the previous knowledge, stored in the models, is re-used in the process. And lastly, the applicability and prospective uses of these models in health administration raise the question of the of credibility of the models.

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